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Development Concepts, Development Research

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This chapter traces UN system debates on development over the past six decades. It proceeds in three stages The chapter, first, distinguishes and describes in broad-brush strokes five historical periods of development thinking in the UN system. Then, it discusses to what extent and when the UN system debates have not only reflected prevalent thinking that existed in the world but been shaped also by new and innovative thinking that emerged from within the organization. Finally, the chapter summarizes the main findings and speculates on the question of the future: what might be the next large development topics on which UN system deliberations might focus.

Keywords: development thinking; UN system development concepts



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